GenSan kid, cousin perform on ‘Ellen’


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MANILA, Philippines—General Santos City kid and Internet sensation Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and his cousin, guitarist James Walter Bucong finally made it to “Ellen” on Thursday.

The two Filipinos performed Luther Vandross’s “Dance with my Father” on the Sept. 12 episode of “Ellen,” a YouTube video reportedly from the show’s website posted on Thursday confirmed.

After the performance, host Ellen DeGeneres gave $10,000, a keyboard and guitar to Talonding.

Talonding and Bucong caught the attention of the TV host-comedian after they posted their video on YouTube singing “Dance with my Father.”

On the May 1 episode of “Ellen” this year, DeGeneres invited the two to perform on her TV show.

DeGeneres is also credited for giving a break to Charice Pempengco.

DeGeneres also invited Pempengco to perform live on her show after seeing the Filipino young performer’s video on YouTube wherein she’s shown singing in a Korean TV show.

She sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.

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  • Bluebeat

    Love Ellen! First, Charice then Rhap Salazar and now these kids. I wonder if she’s friends with a Filipino? ;-)
    Nah maybe its just coincidence cuz there’s many talented Filipinos out there xD

    • pinoydin

      Her housekeeper is a Filipina.

  • Mayu04

    thanks Ellen. . .that’s so wonderful of you
    And to the kids . . . make sure that you save some of those money for your education/future

  • Ulipur

    Charice, Ralph Salazar, and Zendee Rose (the Random Girl) before the two. But it was through mainly the effort of Zendee that the cousins came to be known to Ellen D.

    Thanks Zendee.

  • @centaurchief

    congrats kid on your pure God-given talent… you’re both a blessing and inspiration!

  • hustlergalore

    ellen loves kids with talent!

  • hustlergalore

    in fairness, ang galing nung bata mag-ingles!

  • hustlergalore

    grabe naman ang tadhana, kamamatay lang pala nung tatay niya. ang lakas makabakal.

  • elcan1122

    Anyone here knows why Aga Muhlach was among the audience?

    • pinoydin

      Was he? Didn’t notice him.

      • elcan1122

        Yeah, he was there for the entire show, dalas nga mag-pan ng camera sa area kung nasaan si Aga. Happy to see him. According sa instagram ni Charlene, may negotiations daw with Aga & TV5 kaya nasa California sya.

    • Kamoteng Baging

      Why not?

  • elcan1122

    Another reason to be proud Pinoys. :D

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